U.S. News and World Report has ranked the University of Northern Colorado's online master of education degree program among the best of its kind in the nation in the magazine's annual evaluation of online degree programs.
UNC's program ranked ninth among the 208 evaluated and was the top-ranked program in Colorado.
The magazine evaluated programs' student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity in making the rankings. UNC's highest scores were in student engagement, which evaluated student satisfaction and instructor responsiveness, and faculty credentials and training.
"UNC has roots as a teacher preparation university and has a long-standing and strong reputation as a leader in preparing teachers and other education personnel," said Eugene Sheehan, dean of the UNC College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. "Recognition by U.S. News and World Report is a testament to the quality of education and service provided by our faculty and staff and our Extended Studies division."
UNC offers online advanced degrees in Special Education with multiple teaching specializations, Special Education Administration, Curriculum Studies and Educational Psychology with a Teaching Applications emphasis.
Online education has become an essential part of higher education with the number of schools offering fully online degree programs nearly doubling in the past 10 years, according to a study by the Babson Survey Research Group.
The complete list of rankings with school's scores in the categories evaluated is available at